Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin kegs, harvest sangria and news

Hello? Is there anybody out there? If you are, thanks for sticking around. I can explain my absence…really, I can. And it’s actually a legitimate excuse. Drumroll, please…

I GOT A NEW JOB! And I love it. And I still can’t believe it. And it’s been keeping me pretty busy.

You are looking at (work with me here) the new Food and Travel Assignment Editor for SheKnows! I couldn’t say anything for a while, but the secret is out now and, cliché as it may sound, I want to shout it from the rooftops. WOOHOO!

This morning, I was thinking about the fact that I’ve let my blog slide for almost a month. (Nobody loves quinoa salad that much.) I would be lying if I said that a teeny, tiny part of me wouldn’t mind letting it slide for, oh…I don’t know…forever many more months. But then I thought about a conversation I had with my mom a couple years ago and I felt I needed to pay this blog its due. 

I had just started my little space on the internet and like so many do, I thought I would hit that first publish button and the offers would start pouring in. What offers? I don’t know, really. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to get out of this…I just knew I wanted to get something, anything out of it. There were some rocky times when I had approximately seven readers and I didn’t see much point in continuing. I would whine to my mommy, like any (normal?) 30-year old does, about my woes: “There’s no point…” “This isn’t getting me anywhere…” “Nothing’s ever going to happen…” All I needed were the feet kicking and fist pounding for a full-blown temper tantrum. And my mom, who might be a little bit biased, would always tell me that she just knew something good was going to happen. Mother’s intuition? Try as I might, I didn’t always believe her. But anytime something good did happen, I heard her words. Maybe she was onto something…

When I was first approached by SheKnows to write and create recipes for them, I couldn’t believe my good fortune. I loved doing it and I really loved that something had happened. And now? Well, I love it even more. I still get to write and cook and create recipes, but now I also get to be a part of the creative process that goes into making the whole thing flow. I always wanted to love my job and now I do. It doesn’t get much better than that. 

Moral of the story? Mother knows best…

Now, see above? Behold the pumpkin keg. Yes, that’s a real beer tap and yes, it really does work. Fill it up with anything you’d like, but I highly recommend my harvest sangria. Click here to find out how to make both over at SheKnows. 


  1. OH,huge, huge congratulations to you! Even more, congratulations to SheKnows for finding you and knowing a good thing when they saw it!

    It's good to know that if you do shut down Tasty Trials for good, it won't matter; I'll just find you at SheKnows! Headed there now to see that sublime sangria.

  2. Thank you for your recipes and great pictures.I hope you will find the time to visit, as i have nominated you for the " Lovely Blog Award". Thank you, Giangi

  3. Well, daughter knows best, too. You continued on and are now loving what you are doing. Good for you.

  4. Welcome back!!! And CONGRATULATIONS!!! You were one of my first friends on foodbuzz...way back when...and I'm so glad your successes continue :) What a unique and fun idea for a pumpkin wonder they hired you.

  5. Congrats on your new job...and I'm glad you're going to keep up your blog! I started a new job last month too...and the learning curve has made me so tired by the end of the day that sometimes it's hard to come home and write posts. It's worth it, though!

  6. Oh fantastic!
    And I just love the pumpkin keg, how fun!

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